Found Deceased FL - Miya Marcano, 19, Arden Villas apts, Orlando, 24 Sep 2021

Rep. Carlos G Smith
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Miya’s Law just passed the Florida House of Representatives unanimously! An important step forward for tenant safety in Florida!

I'm so glad! I hope the resolutions are put in place ASAP, because I was dismayed to read about another case where a 42 year old Orlando area apartment complex maintenance man was arrested of sexual battery and lewd lascivious molestation of a elderly resident this week:

"The victim reported earlier that morning that LaFuente, a maintenance worker at the Simpson Ridge Apartments in Kissimmee, was at her apartment to repair an item in her laundry room. The report stated they've known each other for about a year and had developed a rapport, to the point that "he expressed to her that he liked her and would refer to her as his 'Mamasita.'"

He left to get a part for the repair, returned and reportedly forced himself upon her, first on the living room, then in the bedroom where he carried the victim.

During the attack, while the victim told him to stop, LaFuente "continued to tell her he loved her ... she tried pushing him away and off of her but she couldn't."

When the attack stopped he reportedly told the victim he'd return in two hours. Overcome with embarrassment and terror, she locked herself in a bathroom covered in a towel. Her next memory was waking up in the emergency room.

The victim's granddaughter, who had moved in with her in February, returned from work that afternoon and was not able to get into the apartment because a deadbolt lock — installed by LaFeunte, the report said — was engaged. The granddaughter went to the complex office for help and two maintenance workers, one being LaFuente, went to the apartment to assist. LaFuente reportedly pulled out a screen, opened a window to gain entry and unbolt the lock. The granddaughter found the victim in the bathroom not fully alert and having very shallow breathing, and she was transported to the hospital. While there, she spoke to an investigator and positively identified LaFuente from a photo that he posted of himself on his Facebook page. Deputies found him at the apartment complex and took him into custody."

Kissimmee maintenance man arrested in rape of elderly resident
 
The first night Miya Marcano disappeared, the family had concerns and called the sheriff’s office about how the responding deputy handled the case, claiming he wasn’t doing enough.

The search for the 19-year-old Orange County woman began Sept. 24 just after 9 p.m. when Miya’s mother called the Orange County Sheriff’s Office asking to have a deputy check on Miya’s well-being.

Miya’s mother told deputies Miya was supposed to fly to Fort Lauderdale that night, but once the plane landed in Fort Lauderdale it was learned that she never boarded the plane.

In the report, Samir Paulino, the responding deputy stated, “I attempted to make contact with Miya at her apartment and knocked on the door approximately three times with no answer.”

The deputy then goes on to say that he went around the back of the complex to see if he was able to look inside of Miya’s bedroom, but when he looked inside he “did not notice anything out of the ordinary.”

According to a report, Paulino did some checking, but left the scene and responded to other calls.

Paulino told the internal investigators when he went to the window to look inside he did not see the furniture blocking the door, but he did say he saw blood on the pillow, and he missed other clues.
More at link:
 

he family of Valencia College student Miya Marcano, who went missing from her apartment in 2021 and was later found dead, is taking legal action by suing the Orange County Sheriff's Office, alleging mishandling of her case.

As per WESH, the lawsuit points out that despite apparent indicators that something was amiss, such as a bloodstain on one of Marcano's pillows, a bookshelf blocking her door, and broken jewelry and a box cutter on the floor, Deputy Samir Paulino, one of the defendants, allegedly failed to treat the situation as a crime scene during the welfare check.

Furthermore, when Paulino responded to Marcano's apartment for a second time, the lawsuit contends that he possessed key information, which he shared with his supervisor, Corporal Kenneth Dale, another defendant.

The lawsuit alleges that neither of them communicated this "extremely critical information" to anyone before concluding their shifts.
 

he family of Valencia College student Miya Marcano, who went missing from her apartment in 2021 and was later found dead, is taking legal action by suing the Orange County Sheriff's Office, alleging mishandling of her case.

As per WESH, the lawsuit points out that despite apparent indicators that something was amiss, such as a bloodstain on one of Marcano's pillows, a bookshelf blocking her door, and broken jewelry and a box cutter on the floor, Deputy Samir Paulino, one of the defendants, allegedly failed to treat the situation as a crime scene during the welfare check.

Furthermore, when Paulino responded to Marcano's apartment for a second time, the lawsuit contends that he possessed key information, which he shared with his supervisor, Corporal Kenneth Dale, another defendant.

The lawsuit alleges that neither of them communicated this "extremely critical information" to anyone before concluding their shifts.
This case haunts me that this happened and the perp was right there… they had him.
 
"Not including what's happening today and right now, our emergency response team and others have conducted nearly 30 searches, since Miya has been missing, that spans three different counties and has included about 175 personnel," said Sheriff John Mina during a news briefing Thursday.
Miya Marcano, a 19-year-old Florida woman who went missing on September 24, 2021, is seen in a photo provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Office. / Credit: AP/Orange County Sheriff's Office

Investigators announced Monday that a person of interest in her disappearance, Armando Manuel Caballero, was found dead at an apartment complex in Seminole County from an apparent suicide. Mina said Caballero was a maintenance worker at Arden Villas since June and had accessed Marcano's apartment using a master key.

The sheriff said they believed Caballero is responsible, though "we don't know all the circumstances involved in what happened there." He also mentioned the sheriff's office was given video that led to a search warrant being issued for Caballero's apartment and car "in less than 24 hours of us responding to the scene."
 

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